What is Penny’s?
For over 600 years Knowle Parish Church has been a haven and refuge, open to all, in the heart of our village community. Young people living in Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath now have an additional haven and refuge in the form of Penny’s Youth Café which opened its doors in September 2019 to everyone aged 11-21. All young people can receive a warm welcome, as well as enjoying great drinks and delicious food!
When is Penny’s open?
After school from 3.30* to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time, Penny’s is open to all aged 11-21.
[* on Thursdays when Arden closes at 2.15pm Penny’s will open from 2.30pm.]
Sixth Form Lunch will also be available 12.30 to 1.30pm in December on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays up to the 19th.
Weekly evening KPC Youth groups for different age groups meet at Penny’s on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
In 2020, Youth Alpha will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from January to Easter
9.4.1949 – 2.7.2018
In July 2018 KPC lost a valued member of its youth team. Penny Coggan had a huge heart for the youth in our community. We believe that Penny would love spending time at the Youth Café with the young people who come through its doors so it seemed fitting to name the café after her.
Penny was an incredible gardener and one of her favourite Bible verses helps remind us of the thirst young people so often experience in life. Isaiah 44 verse 3 says:
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground.”
The reason this verse was so significant to Penny wasn’t just the water her garden would need but it was also the life-giving water that God’s Spirit brings us all as He meets with us in our place of need. We hope that Penny’s Youth Cafe can become an oasis for young people. When they experience dry and challenging times and become thirsty in life, they now have a place where they can be refreshed in more ways than one.